Hotelier Calls For More Air Festival Support

Hotelier David Bailey with Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Stanley-Watts and John Weaver from Bournemouth Air Festival

A leading Bournemouth hotelier is calling upon local businesses and individuals to give their backing to the 2012 Bournemouth Air Festival.  David Bailey, Hotel Director at Hotel Miramar on Bournemouth’s East Cliff is Patrons’ President for the event and says that despite the generosity of some local businesses, there is still a need for more people to support this award winning event.

Hotel Miramar has this year increased its donation by becoming a sponsor along with other leading businesses including the Daily Echo.  To encourage more people to sign up, David will be hosting a Patron’s Evening on Thursday 9th August at Hotel Miramar, with canapés and refreshments and live entertainment from Sarah Bolter jazz.

Commenting on the situation David said, “We appreciate it is tough economic times, but the Air Festival is a real income generator for the region. It places Bournemouth firmly on the map and is a thoroughly fantastic event for tourists and residents alike.”

To become an Air Festival patron a minimum donation of just £250 is required. A full range of benefits can be viewed at

In a bid to attract more people to join the scheme, David has arranged an enhanced benefits package whereby patron’s names will be added to a prize draw. Extra incentives include an £850 advertising package with the Bournemouth Daily Echo; an exhilirating ‘fast-taxi’ down the runway of Bournemouth Airport in an original Red Arrow – the Folland Gnat, plus other generous gifts from local hoteliers and restauranteurs.

All money raised through patronage ensures that the incredible dusk air displays are funded, plus £10 of each donation goes towards the Bournemouth Air Festival charities – Hounds for Heroes, The Jon Egging Trust, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

In a light hearted summing up David added, “I do hope we can encourage more people to join us. As a last ditch attempt at emotional blackmail, it will be my personal ‘golden jubilee’ – and the best birthday present I could wish for would be for more local companies and individuals to become VIPs (Very Important Patrons)!”

For information about the Patrons evening on August 9th call David Bailey call the Hotel Miramar on 01202 556 581 or email